Stainless steel upgrade
Yale has upgraded to stainless steel on all of its multipoint lock faceplates as standard.
Stainless steel is more durable in transportation and fabrication, and is less susceptible to surface damage and corrosion.
Yale’s shift to stainless steel supports the Assa Abloy Group’s sustainability initiatives, tackling industrial processes that are present and challenging throughout the hardware industry.
The chemical process of plating has always created environmental challenges in that by-product must be disposed of correctly and with extreme care to avoid environmental damage, whereas stainless steel has no requirement for this process entirely, with the whole manufacturing process taking place solely at Yale HQ.
This improves carbon footprint, avoiding the need to transport components to and from specialist platers or avoiding manufacture off-shore where controls may be less stringent, while ensuring a more ethical sourcing approach as it does not exploit the cheaper prices typically available in developing countries.
Paul Atkinson, sales and commercial director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments: “The durability and consumer perception of the multipoint lock will be enhanced with this simple change to stainless steel as standard. Being able to deliver an overall enhanced product, as well as moving to a more socially sustainable process, is clearly a great success and something that has appeal to the trade and consumer alike.”
Prices will not be affected.